Barnes & Noble Nook: Available for purchase, but not take home at retail stores [UPDATED]

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A little bit of surprising information has come in regards to the recently announced Barnes & Noble Nook ebook reader. It seems that the Nook will not be available for purchase and take home at every retail store, which considering Barnes & Noble has about 700 this could have been a huge advantage over other readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader.

Personally, it seems only logical that Barnes & Noble would have at least some Nook’s in stock and ready for those that want instant gratification. But that is not the case, instead it looks like only select locations will have them available to purchase and take home.

Instead the remaining retail locations will have a unit available for display that will allow those who are curious to check out the device. But assuming they want to make a purchase they will have to either go home and place and order or allow Barnes & Noble to place the order for you and have it shipped directly to your home.

Not that I think Barnes & Noble is listening to me, but I would imagine that I am not the only one that thinks it is strange that the Nook will not be available for purchase and take home at every retail location.

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It seems that these early reports were not entirely accurate. According to a Barnes & Noble rep that reached out to me after this post, the Nook will be available in the Barnes & Noble retail stores.

“Barnes & Noble expects to have nook eBook readers in stock in the majority of its stores by the peak holiday season and plans to have nook devices in stock in all of its stores by early next year.”

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  • Tammy Bangs

    Very disappointing! I am already doing holiday shopping, and opted for the Kindle instead since I can get it now and get my shopping complete for this person. I liked the concept of the Nook, but just don't have the patience ot wait around :-) – especially since B&N isn't giving an exact date.

  • Dave

    It seems to me something very fishy is going on with Barnes and Noble with The Nook. I think they don't really know when it is coming out. I get different answers from different Barnes and Noble stores. I called their flagship store in Manhatten and they told me only a few stores will be selling them, and their store he said you better be there on Monday Nov 30th as they expect to sell out of them. This is very wierd. For that reason I am buying the Sony Elete, I just dont trust a store that can't make do with what they advertise.

  • Jermaine

    Yes it was very discouraging to be told in advance by a Barnes and Noble employee that they would have it today, Nov 30. Then to be the very first person to walk through the door this morning to find that don't have it and won't be available till Dec 7…… Then to make it worse, get to work and wanted to go and order online it anyway, NOW I won't have it till after Christmas if I decide to stay with the Nook….. Not Happy at all